How to take care of your pet frog
Frogs are very interesting, gentle and good-natured pets. As a consequence of their high value, they are facing extinction because of increasing pet-trade. Adding to their extinction is a disease known as Chytrid fungus that is infecting a huge number of frogs.
They will soon be very rare species in the coming years and this will increase their demand in the environment and as pets.
As a result, it is essential to have more knowledge for tips for pet frog care which is significantly useful in conserving our environment that directly or indirectly depends on the existence of frogs through the natural food chain system.
The first, crucial tip to consider is which species of frogs are suitable for raring as pets and which one befits first timers. Poisonous frogs are for the pro and veteran keepers since they require professional skills and knowledge in handling them.
If you are unseasoned in raring large frogs like the pixie, its biological term pyxicephalus adspersus, this might be wrong option because they can bite you. As an inexperienced pet keeper, the advisable option is to buy the Pac Man Frog species which is convenient for its high resistance to infection and illness.
There are wide varieties to choose from as an armature in frog keeping, such as, African dwarf frogs which are pretty and moderately easy to maintain. Also, the Oriental Fire-bellied Toad
which is incredibly active, has a favourable adult size and requires only vitamin supplement after feeding them crickets.
If you opt for a tree frog, your premium choice is a White Tree Frog. This is the first-rate choice compared to others because it condones being handled and loves the company of people.
The second high-priority tip in frog maintenance is the equipment choice. The habitat plays a very decisive role in determining the life span and health of the frog. Therefore, when choosing a tank for your frogs, one should take into consideration the species of the frog since it determines its optimal natural habitat.
It is important to consider the fact that frogs might incur wound acquired by jumping on the walls of a tank that was poorly tabbed or hand-made. Purchase a tank from an esteemed reptile accessory store. In addition, it is necessary to know the different types of tank that correlates to each species of frogs .
a) Terrestrial tanks are the simplest and ideal for arid areas frogs.
b) Aquatic tanks are for the aquatic frogs and are complex as it needs some type of filtration system to get rid of frog skins as a result of shedding and to maintain the water clean.
c) Half and half as the name suggests requires two frog habitats. One tank is put within a tank and is filled with water and the surrounding with large rocks. This is suitable for frogs that spend both their time on the rocks and inside water.
d) Arboreal tank is for species of frogs that can be found on trees. A tall, hexagonal tank with branches will be appropriate for frogs such as the white tree frog.
Other requirements such as ultraviolet-B (UVB) light can be produced using artificial lighting where certain frogs needs them. Substrates such as aquarium sand, pebbles or peat moss can be used depending on the type of species of frog. Example, tree frogs may need mulch and sand.
A water dish is for the frog that is not entirely aquatic. Thermometer and hygrometer is for measuring humidity for semi-aquatic frogs.
Under-tank heating pad is necessary for some frogs, while fake waterfall from a water pump is required for frogs that live in waterfall habitats. You may need a critter-carrier to put frogs when the vet comes for check –ups or when you need to clean the tank.
The third important tip is to ensure there is clean water and clean water dishes. Water dishes and wading pools can be purchased from terrarium stores. For water purification, you can use water conditioners suitable for neutralizing chemicals found in water. Important to note, frogs are carnivores meaning that some can eat various insects while other eats smaller frogs and
mice. You can get food suitable for frogs in pet stores.
Another tip is cleaning and hygiene of the frog. Ensure your hands don’t have lotion since it can poison the frog through its sensitive skin. So clean your hand before handling the frog
Also for health and safety precaution wash your hands after touching the frog and cleaning the tank. In case of unusual patterns or difficulty in shedding skin by your frog consult your vet.
Extra caution should be taken in keeping the tank away from direct sunlight, away from kitchen and kitchen fumes and aerosol products such as paint. Limit your touch and constant handling of your frogs since they have delicate bodies. Instead watch them in the aquarium or tanks.
Depending on your state, each have different laws and regulation keeping frog as a pet, some may require licenses. It is important therefore to be well versed with the local laws in your area.